Ooh la la! Tis the season for riding mountains. For our first year in Switzerland we went ahead and got the kids skiing first. My hubby and I will most likely wait until next year at this rate, reasons being purely cost and effectiveness. Having arrived here from the tropics with no winter weather gear or clothing to speak of, we've had to pace ourselves with the purchases and preparations not just for the sport but for winter itself. Seriously, without going bankrupt!
We are warm now at last. Our wardrobe has expanded, a steady task which began months ago with online shopping, a few well timed business trips back to the States and some lucky sales here in the shops. Now our mornings look like a back stage production, with all five of us grappling with layers of clothes jackets, hats and shoes- it is our busiest time! I am so glad that our house has a separate entrance room which we have transformed into a brilliant "mud room" with large wardrobes, coat racks, full length mirror, hooks, shelving and shoe racks.
For the skiing, we rented the gear (skis, poles & boots) for the kids for the entire season which is the best deal and can be done easily here at any one of the many sport shops. My youngest goes skiing each Friday with school and this is a part of his outdoor/PE curriculum- LUCKY! My older two, who are in Middle School, went on a week long ski trip with their classmates in January which was just amazing. I am so thrilled for them and that they have this opportunity to learn to ski at this age, massive growing up credit!
The pictures above are from New Year at Morgins in Portes du Soleil, a 45 minute drive from our house! The kids had 2 days of ski lessons here before the program started at school. We wanted to make sure that they had a good introduction to the snow and the mountains first for confidence. It turned out to be the best thing, giving all of us that first experience of the Alps. We travelled up the main chair lift with them to the ski area and while they had their lesson, mom and dad chilled at the lodge. Perfect Alpine time had by all.
(Photography by Tanya Moss)